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2:50 PM ET, December 3, 2009


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Eric Schmidt / Wall Street Journal:
How Google Can Help Newspapers  —  Video didn't kill the radio star, and the Internet won't destroy news organizations.  It will foster a new, digital business model.  —  Printer  —  Friendly  —  It's the year 2015.  The compact device in my hand delivers me the world, one news story at a time.
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Google's Schmidt: ‘Frustrated Newspaper Execs Just Looking For Someone To Blame’
Discussion: and paidContent
Prem Ramaswami / The Official Google Blog:
Introducing Google Public DNS  —  When you type into your browser's address bar, you expect nothing less than to be taken to Wikipedia.  Chances are you're not giving much thought to the work being done in the background by the Domain Name System, or DNS.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Google Gets Into The DNS Business.  Here's What That Means  —  Google just announced Google Public DNS, a new service that lets consumers use Google as their DNS service provider.  The benefits to users are a theoretically faster and more stable browsing experience, and some additional security against malware type sites.
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Meet the new Comcast-NBCU: Content meets conduit everywhere; Will it work?  —  Comcast said Thursday that it has officially acquired a controlling stake in NBC Universal in a deal valued at $30 billion.  Comcast will have an arsenal of cable channels, a huge distribution network …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Comcast Gets NBC From G.E. in Deal That Reshapes TV  —  After nearly nine months of negotiations, Comcast, the nation's largest cable operator, finally reached an agreement on Thursday to acquire NBC Universal from the General Electric Company.  —  The deal valued NBC Universal at about $30 billion.
NBC-Comcast Memo: ‘It Will be An Exciting Journey’
Discussion: CNET News and NewTeeVee
Steve Lohr / Bits:
For 2010, IDC Predicts an Apple iPad and Battles in the Cloud  —  Apple brings out an iPad digital tablet.  Netbooks move upscale.  And I.B.M. buys Juniper Networks.  —  Those predictions for next year, and others, are being presented on Thursday by the technology research firm IDC.
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
3 ways Bing is ahead of Google  —  This morning, Microsoft employees demonstrated a long list of enhancements to their Bing search engine at a press event at the company's San Francisco office.  —  That office is next door to the city's newest, splashiest, most expensive shopping center …
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Identity Wars: Google & Yahoo! Bow to Facebook & Twitter  —  Yahoo! announced this morning that it is adding Facebook Connect across many of its properties.  This afternoon Google Friend Connect announced the inclusion of Twitter as a top-level log-in option.
Jonny Evans / 9 to 5 Mac:
World's first iPhone orchestra performs live on December 9  —  Given that the iPhone offers more processing power than the original iMac, this next story had to happen: December 9 will see a live performance by an orchestra, each and every one of whom will be using an iPhone to make the music happen.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Nokia offers sneak peak at improved 2010 Symbian user interface  —  You know that new Symbian user experience promised by Nokia next year?  Want a sneak peak?  Although Nokia's downloadable slide-deck from its Capital Market Day event leaves out all the new UI visuals, fortunately the webcast has 'em all.
Lee Mathews / Download Squad:
YouTube beta testing stripped down “Feather” design  —  They just put the Google homepage on a diet, and now they're looking at ways to trim the fat from YouTube as well.  —  Google has introduced an opt-in beta for Feather, a new layout which strips away a lot of the excess from the standard page layout.
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Chrome For Mac Beta Launch Is Imminent  —  Sometime in the past few hours, the Mac Detailed Status page on Chromium's website has been changed to the “Mac OS X Roadmap.”  Why?  Because the team has wiped out the bugs that were blocking a beta release of Chrome for Mac, and it is on the verge of launching.
Discussion: Erictric
Ed Bott / Ed Bott's Microsoft Report:
What the “Black screen of death” story says about tech journalism  —  I've spent the better part of the last 48 hours looking into the colossal fiasco that is the “Black Screen of Death” story.  It's a near-perfect case study in how Internet-driven tech journalism and rewards sloppy reporting …
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Mac sales projected to grow 26% in 2010, outpacing PC market  —  Apple is predicted to continue its gains on the rest of the PC market in 2010, with Mac sales projected to grow by 26 percent while the industry is forecast to see a 16 percent year-over-year increase.
Sarah Perez / ReadWriteWeb:
Watchdog Group EFF Sues Government Regarding Social Media Surveillance Tactics  —  Consumer watchdog group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has initiated a lawsuit against multiple U.S. government agencies for failing to disclose their policies regarding the use of social media for surveillance.
Jason Kincaid / TechCrunch:
Zoosk Lands Another $30 Million For Social Dating  —  Zoosk, the dating service with a focus on social networks, has closed a $30 million Series D funding round led by Bessemer Venture Partners, with existing investors Canaan Partners and ATA Ventures participating as well.
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
10 Things We Love And Hate About The Droid  —  Google's Android operating system is on the way to getting huge, especially with Motorola's Droid and HTC's Droid Eris handsets available through Verizon this holiday season.  —  But are they any good?  We've played around with both phones …
Kelly Hodgkins / Boy Genius Report:
New Motorola Android handset spotted, photographed  —  Posted up in our comments under our Motorola Sholes Tablet article is supposedly another never-yet-seen Motorola Android handset.  This is also apparently a full touchscreen device that features an 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash …
Claire / Layar:
Layar 3.0 launched: 5 cases to show the power of the platform  —  Today, we are very proud to present to you version 3.0, with fantastic new tools to enable the already more than 1000 active independent content developers to create AR experiences that go far beyond answering the simple ‘where is...?’ question.
Mary Jo Foley / All about Microsoft:
Microsoft targets programming newbies with new Vedea visualization language  —  In mid-November, Microsoft researchers dropped a few hints about a new visualization language, codenamed Vedea, that was coming from Microsoft.  On December 3, via a blog post, Microsoft officials provided more specifics about it.
Matthew Rivera / Digits:
Coke Tries Facial-Recognition on Facebook  —  Coca-Cola wants you to know that Coke Zero is a lot like Coca-Cola Classic.  It believes this so strongly that it's willing to do something unusual to drive the point home, like introducing you to your own doppelganger. … Enter the Facial Profiler.
Discussion: Inside Facebook
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Here's Looking At You, Kid - Beta Goes Live  —  Movie buffs and fans, rejoice, take a seat and break out the popcorn. has announced that it has launched its online, well, movie clip destination site in public beta after reaching licensing agreements with six major Hollywood studios.
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Ramu Nagappan / Macworld:
Stitcher iPhone app offers live streaming radio programs
Associated Press:
Motorola invests in touch-screen software maker
Discussion: PC World and
Mike Butcher / TechCrunch Europe:
Foursquare faces a Rummble in the Jungle, as new Android app released
Matthew Newman / Bloomberg:
Microsoft, EU Are Said to Modify Settlement in Browser Case
Jane Wakefield / BBC:
ISPs urge changes to digital bill
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 Earlier Items: 
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Friendster Gets A Major Makeover, Calls Other Social Networks Plain And Boring
Discussion: Gizmodo
Nigel Whitfield / The Register:
Freeview HD goes live
Jenna Wortham / Bits:
The Anti-Social-Network Social Network
Google considers plans for British property portal
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
AOL's New Strategy Is To Fill The Internet With Crap?
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